Bike donation will help save lives on Fylde

Simon Carter (right) of Honda North West Blackpool handing over the blood bike to Peter Haworth, Fylde area manager for North West Blood Bikes
Simon Carter (right) of Honda North West Blackpool handing over the blood bike to Peter Haworth, Fylde area manager for North West Blood Bikes

Bikers have been given a boost in their bid to save lives, thanks to the donation of a new motorbike.

Hundreds of riders who took part in a charity ride through the Illuminations looked on as North West Honda Blackpool handed over the machine to North West Blood Bikes.

It will be based on the Fylde coast and used by volunteers to carry urgent and emergency blood, platelets, samples, donor breast milk, patient notes, theatre equipment, in fact anything that can be carried by motorcycle, between hospitals that is urgently required.

The service has carried out nearly 27,000 deliveries since it was set up in 2012.

Simon Carter, sales manager at North West Honda Blackpool, said; “As a thank-you to the selfless bikers who work all hours of the day, in all conditions, asking nothing in return, we were pleased to donate a brand new 66-plate Honda VFR800X Crossrunner.

“We plan to replace this bike for a brand new model every six to 12 months so they can continue to do the lifesaving work they do, helping them take away some of the financial pressure from our brilliant NHS.”

Peter Haworth, Fylde area manager for NW Blood Bikes, said: “It was an honour to accept the bike on behalf of North West Blood Bikes, it is a great bike to ride and perfectly suited to our duties across the Fylde and further afield.”

Last Sunday, around 700 bikers took part in an annual charity ride through Blackpool Illuminations.